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Two environmental defenders killed in one week in Guatemala

On 7th September 2019, environmental and community activist Diana Isabel Hernández was shot and killed by unidentified persons while participating in a religious procession in her community. Only days later, on 14th September 2019, land and human rights defender Paulina Cruz Ruíz was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen.

In the same period, a protest by members of the Xinka indigenous community ended in violence and 16 arrests in Jutiapa. Finally, Guatemala's Journalists Association has expressed concern about changes to the Public Prosecution Unit in charge of crimes against reporters. The Association also published a report on Freedom of Expression during Guatemala's 2019 elections. This update covers the period between 05/08/2019 to 20/10/2019. Read more

Two environmental defenders killed in one week in Guatemala

Afghan human rights defenders and journalists killed as US-Taliban talks collapse

Over the last few months, at least two human rights defenders have been killed by the Taliban or unknown persons while journalists continue to face various violations including threats, assault and killings. The Taliban also threatened and targeted campaign rallies ahead of the presidential elections Read more

Afghan human rights defenders and journalists killed as US-Taliban talks collapse

Mass protests in Colombia demand response to persistent violence against social leaders

The spiral of violence against HRDs in Colombia has continued. In June 2019, human rights organisation Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) stated that it had received 70 reports of murdered social leaders or members of vulnerable ethnic communities in 2019. At the end of June, WOLA declined to publish the number of cases recorded due to the huge variation in the figures published by different organisations. On 26th July 2019, thousands of demonstrators gathered across Colombia to protest the alarming violence against social leaders in the country, and to demand government action in protecting community leaders, human rights and environmental defenders. Marches took place in over 50 Colombian cities. Read more

Mass protests in Colombia demand response to persistent violence against social leaders
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Civil society calls for accountability for killing of Maldives journalist and its cover-up

In recent months, a presidential commission revealed that missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan had been murdered, while an international NGO has raised concerns about ongoing threats on human rights defenders. The trial of murdered HRD is currently ongoing and the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights raised concerns about threats to those challenging fundamentalism. Read more

Civil society calls for accountability for killing of Maldives journalist and its cover-up

Human rights groups decry deteriorating situation as peace agreement remains unimplemented

Violation of human rights still rampant as peace deal remains unimplemented, disappeared government critics and activists reported killed, as journalists and media outlets continue to face censorship and initmidation Read more

Human rights groups decry deteriorating situation as peace agreement remains unimplemented

Atlantic Council declared an undesirable organisation by authorities

On 25th July 2019, Russia’s Attorney General’s Office announced that the Washington-based think tank, the Atlantic Council, was declared an “undesirable organisation” on Russian territory. Read more

Atlantic Council declared an undesirable organisation by authorities

Protests in Honduras have left at least 3 demonstrators dead and several injured

Protests against education and health reforms in Honduras, organised by teachers’ and health workers' movement Plataforma Nacional en Defensa de la Salud Y Educación (Platform for the Defence of Health and Education), have continued to be met with strong repression in June and July 2019. As of 21 June 2019, news outlets reported at least 3 dead and 20 injured in protests across the country.

This update also discusses a court case against Tolupan indigenous leaders, the killing of trans activist Bessy Ferrera, intimidation attempts of a community leader in the Rio Blanco community, the killing of journalist and transperson Santiago Carbajal, and Honduras' new Criminal Code which experts consider overly restrictive in regard to civic space. Read more

Protests in Honduras have left at least 3 demonstrators dead and several injured

Journalist killed, as activists protest against corruption in government

journalist Cherkasy journalist Vadym Komarov attacked and severely injured by unknown attacker, activists protest against increasing corruption scanadals in the defence department, as CSOs caution the new president against crossing red lines. Read more

Journalist killed, as activists protest against corruption in government

EU highlights Serbia's failure to improve civic space

As we've previously documented on the CIVICUS Monitor, conditions for civil society in Serbia remain constrained. In an indication of this worsening situation for civil society, the European Commission (EC) recently highlighted Serbia's failure to improve civic space. Read more

EU highlights Serbia's failure to improve civic space

Despite progress on HRD bill, attacks against activists and media persist in the Philippines

A Human Rights Defenders bill moved closer to become law in June 2019 after it was approved by the House of Representatives. Despite this, the UN says the situation of human rights continues to deteriorate. In March 2019, more charges were filed against critical news outlet Rappler while in April 2019, activist Bernardino Patigas was killed by an unknown gunman. Further, NGOs are facing scrutiny under the guise of fighting terrorism and money laundering and are taking the threats against them to the Supreme Court. Read more

Despite progress on HRD bill, attacks against activists and media persist in the Philippines